The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 5, July 1901 - April, 1902 Page: 48
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48 Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
that term, and that it was neither unlawful nor immoral. Had it
been political aggrandizement, Texas would long since have had
in the Senate of the United States ten instead of two representa-
tives, with a corresponding increase of power in the electoral col-
lege. It was not a move in the interests of slavery, as annexation
affected that institution neither one way nor the other. Texas had
the option in 1845 of remaining a separate republic, with slavery,
and guarantees from the two most powerful nations of the earth,
or of casting her lot with the United States. She chose the latter
in the face of the dangers that then threatened that institution.
The immediate cause of the Mexican war was not a matter of
boundary, for no such question was in dispute between Texas and
Mexico, such a thing being the subsequent outgrowth of partisan
invention. Between the United States and Mexico the expressed,
sole cause was annexation. The conservative elements in Mexico
were powerless before the tornado of public sentiment that swept
her on into a desolating war.
When the final verdict of history is reached, and the partisan
excrescences that now disfigure its pages are pruned away, that
period, instead of being one of the darkest, will become one of the
brightest beacons that light the path of the Anglo-American, and
the memories of Houston, Jackson, Calhoun, and Polk, and the
rest of that illustrious band of statesmen that added Texas to the
galaxy of States, will be cherished by all true Americans; while
the Texas pioneer will stand facile princeps in the van of the move-
ment that has conquered a continent and given to mankind the
greatest, the best, the freest, and the most just government on
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